TheStar Thursday May302019 Popcorn and sneak-thievery LAURA’S recovery is going well, however, now she has a nasty cold so family-funtime continues, with added sniffling and groaning. Before the dreaded lurgy took hold here Laura had some time out with a friend and fellow mum while I took Vittoria to the movies. Alone. We have taken her to the movies before, but when she was a proper wee baby. With her being a full-on toddler, I was worried about how it would go. The session I picked had a lot going in my favour. It was a special screening for parents with small kids and we were watching Pokemon Detective Pikachu. Bright colours, fun characters. Attention-grabbing, with a healthy amount of adult humour and nostalgic value for a former Pokemon Red aficionado. In theory, good for both of us. We managed to get there the perfect amount of late to watch only the better trailers. The start time also lined up with Vittoria’s lunchtime, which was great as she is food obsessed. It will give you angelic behaviour and blissful silence for as long as the food lasts. Vittoria happily sat, had her lunch and was watching so cheerfully that I started mentally planning regular daddy/daughter movie dates. That lasted until the dialogue turned to some fairly key story points. At that moment Vittoria got up, jumped off her back row seat and climbed through • By Julia Evans A PAIR OF 20-somethings are following in the footsteps of former Mayor Garry Moore and have established their own Tuesday Club. James Tapper, 26, and Kane Stewart are running the Monthly Pubcast at Smash Palace once a month as a forum to listen to keynote speakers and discuss issues effecting the city, specifically for young people. Mr Tapper, a said going to Tuesday Club, he noticed he was “by far” the youngest person in the room. “The majority of people there were probably campaigning in the 1981 Springbok tour, so I wanted to get something going for younger people,” he said. Mr Stewart said he wanted to create a platform for young people to gather and get some culture back the seat in front. Now I’m trying to give Vittoria as much freedom to explore as possible but I’m lucky the theatre was pretty empty as she just booked it down the line of seats, ran down the stairs and explored. With offers of popcorn and other snacks, I managed to limit her laps around the theatre to the manageable and enjoy the whole film. It wasn’t until the climactic final battle scene that she turned it up to “oh no”. She went down the stairs, smiled at a family to gain their trust then snuck down the row behind their seats and pinched their entire popcorn box through VITTORIA & Matt FUN-TIME: This level of concentration lasted about 30sec into the movie. James Tapper in the city. “Only older people are engaging and I thought: ‘Where are the youth?’ We need to do something that gets the younger people involved,” he said. “Christchurch is going to be nice in the future but young people seem very isolated to me. There’s no platform to share ideas or share the vision,” he said. The next Monthly Pubcast meeting is on June 10 with Michelle LaRue as the speaker, discussing climate change. “The idea is it’s a bit like 15 the seat. I retrieved it and gave it back to the family – who were very understanding, they had children too and I imagine most parents have been through snackthievery. All in all, an excellent outing. Ten out of ten, would do again. For those of you on social media, check out the Instagram page I just started for the column – Vittoria & Matt. I’ll do my best to share photos and videos as often as possible. •Former Star Media journalist Matt Salmons has become a stay-at-home dad. We follow his journey weekly. Forum for young to discuss issues YOUTH: The Monthly Pubcast is held at Smash Palace as a forum for millennials to discuss issues affecting the city. a podcast, but you listen at the pub with your mates and chat over a beer afterwards,” Mr Tapper said. He said a lot of young people were interested in social issues, in spite of stereotypes they didn’t care. “I play a lot of sport and I think people my age are really into this kind of thing.” Mr Moore said it was “terrific” to see younger people engaging. “They had 45 people on their first night. 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